Must See Movie… La La Land

This is the easiest review I’ve ever written.

GO SEE THIS FILM.

That’s pretty much all I need to say about it. Seriously!

You want more? Fine. But no spoilers…

I went to see La La Land with my lovely friend Maddie *waves* who had purchased tickets to the London Film Festival in October as a BFI member and had a spare. I jumped at the chance to go see one of the most talked about films of the festival and see it before everyone else!


Director Damien Chazelle and two of the film’s producers takes to the microphone to answer questions at the BFI London Film Festival

 

Check out this video from the BFI’s London Film Festival premiere and you might spot me and my lovely blonde friend Maddie just behind director Damien Chazelle’s shoulder at 0:52. I’m looking down at my phone filming this video… as Maddie rightly put it, it’s very meta!

These days everything seems to be turning in to a musical. This isn’t just your everyday, regular musical though. It’s a modern musical that acknowledges the fine history of musical films but puts it in contemporary settings and themes and the music, dancing and singing enhances the experience.

There’s a richness to the colours in the costumes and sets with jewel tones throughout that are such a beautiful change from the usual seedy portrayal of Los Angeles – it almost makes me want to spend time in LA – shocked face!

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling shine in this film and I’m genuinely not surprised to see them do so well at the Golden Globes. Stone’s performance in particular is funny, heartbreaking, lovable and relatable.

Ultimately, this film is exactly what we need right now. It feels like the apocalypse is coming and horrors from the cinema are unfolding before our eyes on a daily basis. The escapism offered by the movies is very much needed now.

If you don’t leave the screen with the unbearable desire to sing and dance your way home (like I did-twirling through Leicester Square tube station thanks to a wonderful saxophonist) then I suggest you are most likely dead/nearly dead/mostly dead and require a heart and soul transplant STAT.

Go see this film.

Stuck on Repeat… October 2016

October proved to be a busy but better month with a flurry of social activity and a couple of live music performances seeing a favorite up and coming talent. Also, a few weeks back I asked people on Twitter and Facebook what their current earworms were. Thank you to everyone who submitted songs, they’re on my radar and may even feature here soon!

Remember you can follow the full #stuckonrepeat playlist on Spotify here.

Million Reasons – Lady Gaga

I was blown away by Gaga’s performance of this in Carpool Karaoke. To be able to convey so much emotion singing along in a car is a talent indeed. This is a gorgeous song (co-written by Mark Ronson) and makes a change for me from her usual frothy pop tunes.

Favourite lyric: I bow down to pray/I try to make the worst seem better/Lord, show me the way
/To cut through all his worn out leather

Waste A Moment – Kings of Leon

Great to see KOL are back after a brief hiatus. This is such an uplifting song, but every time I hear it, I always end up singing Love Will Tear Us Apart in the chorus. Is it just me that hears it? My bonkers brain making connections that only make sense to me?

Favourite lyric: Oh, take the time to waste a moment/Oh, never ask to be forgiven

To Be With You – Mr Big

A very guilty pleasure! YouTube brought me a classic tune from years ago… I’m amazed I still remembered most of the lyrics! #Sorrynotsorry for the retro trip.  

Favourite lyric: You can make my life worthwhile/I can make you start to smile

City Of Stars – Ryan Gosling (La La Land Soundtrack)

Come January when La La Land is released in UK cinemas, you’ll understand why this has been playing on a loop despite being only a minute-something long. I’ll write a review closer to release but take it from me, it’s a wonderful, marvellous film. 

Favourite lyric: Is this the start of something wonderful and new?/Or one more dream that I cannot make true

Never Be Like You – Flume feat Kai

I was completely late to the Flume party but I’ve been really enjoying this tune. A tale of mistakes made, it sounds real and honest. 

Favourite lyric: I’m only human. Can’t you see?/I made, I made a mistake

Kiss You All Over – Exile

Yes, I heard this song on Employee of the Month. Yes, it’s super cheesy. Yes, that makes two 80s tunes on the blog this month. This song is so chilled you won’t even mind. Check out the Spanish version for extra joy points. 

Favourite lyric: Stay with me, lay with me/Holding me, loving me, baby/Here with me, near with me/Feeling you close to me, baby

In The Name Of Your Love – Riley Smith, Nashville Cast

I’m so happy Nashville is back on our screens with clever writing and brilliant music. Newcomer Riley Smith pays Markus, a rocker who tries to reinvent his sound. Some of this season’s storylines have been a bit blah – Juliet and Avery, let’s move orrrrrnnn – but has produced some lovely tunes. 

Favourite lyric: I got some skeletons in my yesterday… 

That’s it for this month, catch you all soon and don’t forget to write your current earworms in the comments! C X